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on his nomination for secretary of defense. one topic sure to come up is israel, which just launched an air strike in syria that u.s. officials say targeted a convoy of russian-made weapons that were headed for lebanon. now russia, the arab league, and hezbollah are all condemning the action. >>> and the new chairman of the senate foreign relations committee pays back $60,000 to a donor for airplane rides. and that donor is under investigation by the fbi. much more on a stranger sorry surrounding senator bob menen z menendez. good morning from washington. it's thursday, january 31st, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. now less than 30 minutes away from the start of chuck hagel's confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense. we'll take you there live for his opening statement, along with what's expected to be some tough questioning from some big-name republicans. let's get right to my first read of the morning. let's start with the hagel confirmation grilling. could be the most contentious nomination hear of the president's second term and frankly, of
wants to become the next secretary of defense. >> gear up for a gold old fashioned grills. i want to know if you were right or wrong. >> will you please answer the question. >> if you would like me to explain. >> i would actually like an answer. >> i want the truth. you can't handle the truth. >> haegle faces questions from the panel. >> balance the budget and also the issue of sexual assault in the military. >> now estimated at 19,000 a year. >> they want to create the fear. >> a woman trying to defend her children. women he needed to defend themselves. >> they want to create the fear. >> trying to inject fear where a mother runs out of bullets. >> six bullets may not be enough. it is all fear based. >> at the senate hearing today for chuck haegle for secretary of defense. most senators thought this was the big question. >> troubling statements that he has made about israel. >> refused to sign the letter supporting israel. >> israel our relationship with israel. >> do you think the nation of israel has committed war crimes? >> john mccain thought this was the big question. >> did
hagel. the president's choice to succeed leon panetta as the next secretary of defense. hagel faces questions from the 26-member panel and at least three republicans on this committee have already said they won't support him including the ranking senator james inhofe. he made that clear in his opening statement. now it is extremely rare for presidential nominees not to be confirmed, are and are senator dick durbin, the senate whip, said all 55 members of the senate democratic caucus will vote for him. so, in order to break the filibuster, he'd need the support of just five republicans. and one republican senator, thad cochrane, has expressed his support. let's bring in "time" magazine's assistant med tore and "washington post" columnist and msnbc contributor. we've already gotten a little preview as we heard from inhofe what some of the discussion is going to be about. what are you looking for here, e.j.? >> first of all, i think hagel is actually in pretty good shape. i think a critical event in this whole battle was when he met with senator chuck schumer and schumer gave his bless
as he seeks to become the next secretary of defense. >> i believe, and i always have believed, that america must engage in the world, not retreat from the world but engage from the world. my record is consistent on 0 these points. >> even after meetings with dozens of senators over the last few weeks, hagel still fielded a volley of questions from members of the senate armed services committee. >> my time will expire, others are going to ask as to why you did this. i was asking for the accuracy. if you don't want to answer that, that's fine. >> i just said i did vote against it and i was going to explain why i voted against it. >> and they'll be asking you for your explanation. i want to get to three other 0 things and that's why it's critical we keeping moving along here. >> today's hearing comes after a neocon campaign on the airwaves against hagel's nomination and after a vigorous defense of the president's cabinet choices from vice president joe biden. >> to suggest that two war heroes, a bronze star, a purple heart, silver star, taking over both the state department and d
. this is the same chuck hagel who is president obama's nominee for defense secretary now and who john mccain spent the day today vilifying and attacking as manifestly unqualified for that job. back in the day john mccain not only was kind of best buddies with chuck hagel, but he specifically said that he thought chuck hagel would make an awesome defense secretary someday. >> as far as secretary of defense is concerned, there's a lot of people that could do that. one of them i think is senator chuck hagel. >> john mccain and chuck hagel were so close that in 2000, when john mccain realized that he was not going to get the presidential nomination, when john mccain decided he had to give up that bitterly fought nomination battle, the person his campaign put out to speak to the press the day he made his decision to withdraw was his dear friend, old chuck. >> two aides tell nbc news that the arizona senator will announce a suspension of his quest for the white house. back in arizona after his crushing defeat on super tuesday mccain called supporters to thank them. >> we're glad to be home. >> nebraska
, and this is "now." >> today chuck hagel, nominee for secretary of defense, began his confirmation hearings by running a mine field set by members of his own party beginning with senator james inhoff, republicans set their traps, some of which didn't even have the right bait. >> in 2001 you were one of four senators who refused to sign the letter supporting israel. are those accurate? >> i want to ask the letter that you just noted in your fifth point. what was the date in the letter? >> the date? >> you said i refused to sign a letter. >> it was october of 2001. >> a letter to? >> okay. skip that one. are the other ones true? >> it is fairly important. >> thinly vailed as an exploration of his foreign policy positions, the game was more gotcha than global strategy. >> but i'll -- >> sdeshs your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the search. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if they were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> if you would like me to explain why. >> i actually would like an answer. yes or no. >> wel
hampshire, mccain even floated this possibility -- >> as far as secretary of defense is concerned, there's a lot of people that could do that. one of them i think is senator chuck hagel. >> but yesterday the air in the hearing room was thick. maybe it was bitterness. we don't know. mccain may feel about his old friend as mccain hammered hagel for the opposition to the 2007 troop surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect, yes or no? >> my reference to the surge being -- >> are you going to anxious the question, senator hagel? the question is, were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> well, i'm not going to give you a -- a yes-or-no answer on a lot of things. >> let the record show you refused to answer that question. >> by the way, incoming secretary of state john kerry who glided through his nomination hearing was also opposed to the iraq surge. republican senators who hadn't much criticized hagel before the hearing rushed to do so during and after it. florida's marco rubio said he would not support him. lindsey graham said it's not looking good. alabama
to be secretary of defense? >> i have a difficult enough time with american politics. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> those who cried appease, appease are hanged by those they tried to please. >> it's a fundamental difference of opinion. >> appeasing our adversaries while shunning our friends. >> do you believe that all options should be on the table when we confront iran? >> absolutely. >> the question is were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> well, let the record show you refused to answer that question. >>> and we begin with clashes on capitol hill with president obama's second-term cabinet facing its first real fight. the confirmation for chuck hagel has just resumed. hagel is again being grilled by his former senate colleagues to be the next secretary of defense. earlier no one brought the heat like hagel's self-described old friend john mccain. >> were you correct in your assessment? >> well, i would defer to the judgment of history to
wind up the secretary of defense. that's the best explanation i can come up with. other than he just didn't sleep well the night before and wasn't good. >> well, still, ruth, and all the rest of you, how does this leave him? assume that he gets confirmed, he has to be a tough -- a tough guy at the pentagon. he is going to be tough with congress. he has to deal with the potential of the sequester, fighting for the budget that he does get, dealing with all of the problems that come at you when you are in charge of the pentagon and the generals and the other members of the joint chiefs are going to feel they can run over him. >> we'll see about that. i assume that every general with any number of stars was watching intently yesterday, and might have had that thought in mind. you said another important word, which is sequester. it's going to be a huge mess over there trying to, first, anticipate this, and then deal with whatever the new reality is. i do think that it was ugly yesterday. it was ugly on both sides. the white house wasn't so much from what i heard defending his performance
the president's pick for secretary of defense, who just happens to be a republican. retired colonel lawrence wilkerson breaks down today's bizarre proceedings. >>> plus, jonathan alter on the new democratic plan to take back the house using citizens united. >>> another big-time republican reveals his disgust for moochers on social security and medicare. richard wolffe, howard fineman, and david corn break down the gop's ongoing problem with half of america. >>> and in center left america, it is no longer okay to be a homophobic professional athlete. >> to let all lgbt teens know that it gets better. >> we'll tell you about the inspiring backlash to a 49ers' anti-gay slur. >>> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. you know, if you had lunch with somebody every tuesday for 12 years, do you think you'd feel like you have kind of got to know them a little bit? chuck hagel must have felt blindsided today by old senate friends. because today republican senators looked like they were competing for an oscar. they tried to see which one could act the most outraged at president
. take an extra 10 percent off storewide now through sunday. >>> i'm krystal ball. defense. not just for sports. chuck hagel wants to run the pentagon but first a few senators want to run a few questions by him and they were specific. like, can women be defense secretary? >>> i'm steve kornacki. here's a state that senate democrats didn't have to worry about this year. new jersey. all that's blooming in the garden state is drama. >>> i'm s.e. cupp. have you tasted an affirmative action cupcake? they're real and delicious. >> gross. >>> i'm toure. gun control advocates taking it to the bank literally. >>> plus due to popular demand, my thought tons new gdp numbers. >> finally. >> you're welcome. >>> chuck hagel is back on the hill four years after leaving the senate. hagel's former colleagues hold the nomination as defense chief in their hands. despite the thousands of dollars of ads running against him, hagel a republican is expected to be confirmed to president obama's cabinet. if so, he will be the nation's first pentagon chief to have seen combat as an enlisted soldier. he served
to be secretary of defense? >> well, i certainly -- >> richard haass? >> job interview would show up maybe a little more prepared. >> a little more prepared. >> okay, wait a minute. seriously. you are going to come out of that sound bite and say that? >> about what? >> regretting using certain words and phrases? good morning, everybody. f-bomb. it's friday. >> boom! >> good morning. >> february 1st. what? i'm serious. >> that's all you have? >> no. >> okay. >> no, i got more. >> let's roll some more tape. >> with us on set, he have with the president of the council on foreign relations, richard haass. the chairman of deutsche incorporated, donny deutsch. really? like the king of regretting statements. and in washington, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell, thank god. >> good morning. >> richard, that was something. >> my last confirmation hearing, i was told this hearing is not to show how smart you are or how dumb they are. it's to get you confirmed. at the end of the day, i'm not sure how many votes that changed. it's going to be
for them and feed them, when we eliminate those services, later on in life we will have chronic defenses that we will have to deal with and that will increase health costs over time. we're looking at a short-term fix, but i think it's going to be a long-term problem. >> doctors have to really be committed to see these patients, because it might force some doctors not to take medicaid patients at all, or is that a stretch? what do you think? >> it's not a stretch, ed. and not just medicaid, but also medicare. three years ago, i would refer several patients to some specialists in the area, and they were no longer taking new medicare patients. and now with threats for reimbursement with medicare and medicaid, many of my colleagues are not taking either insurance. so the primary physicians are stuck with trying to manage chronic illnesses and diseases that are quite difficult when you need endocrinologieses and obgyns in referring out for specialists and help. everyone i know that is a physician went into this field to help people. that's why i participate with the national association of fr
pain. to hear more of phyllis's story, visit lyrica.com. >>> a new secretary of defense or a new -- it's friday, february 1st, and this is "now." >>> joining me today political -- well, the first word i'm tripping up on the first word. politico senior white house reporter glenn thrush. national news editor for the morning times sam sifton, kiran simone and the always buzzy ben smith. for eight hours yesterday senate republicans directed their sharpest lines of inquiry towards defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. it's too bad most of it had nothing to do with the against defense department or what chuck hagel's record really says about what he might do with the defense department or really what chuck hagel's record actually is. freshman senator and deputy gum shoe ted cruz looked for needles in a haystack, parsing fragments of hagel's quotes circa 2006. >> in a speech on the floor of the senate you referred to israel's military campaign against the terrorist group hezbollah as a "sickening slaughter." now, i would suggest the characterizations. do you think it's right that israel was
. >>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports" on defense. two vietnam vets square off against each other over the iraq surge. as chuck hagel is challenged by john mccain. >> would you please answer the question? will you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? yes or no. >> my reference to the surge being -- >> the question is were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straight forward question. >> well -- >> i would like to answer whether you are right or wrong, and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i am not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things. >> let the record show you refuse to answer that question. now, please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why i -- >> i absolutely would like answer answer. yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. i think it's far more complicated than that. >> is this finally the year for immigration reform? president obama sits down with jose diaz bullart. >> i don't think that it shoul
and the headline is not good news. when you look in the numbers and see hurricane sandy played a role. the defense spending played a role as well as the doom and groom. you are looking for reaction from wall street and they are shrugging their shoulders. we need moreidate to see if it's a one-time blip or the beginning of a trend. >> when you see the headlines like "huffington post" saying consider yourself warned, obviously that would unsettle anyone with millions of people who have been out of work for a year or two if not more. >> right. it's similar to the poll numbers we have seen in the contest that is important to look at one piece of data and realize there is so much else out there. the numbers were not that good, but the housing sector looks better than any time since the great recession. you end up looking at payroll and the jobless claims are at a low place relative to where they were. there is a lot of hope and an adp survey that shows the jobs created in january. we will get the official numbers on friday, but positive numbers and it's important to look at the big picture. this could
, on women in combat, big issue for you, i know, from your work on the defense appropriation bill, and also the gay community? >> well, i had some serious questions for chuck hagel when we sat down last week, but he answered them satisfactorily. i think senator cochran from mississippi came out and supported him, he's had a recent letter with a very strong bipartisan list of former defense secretaries, including colin powell and gates and a bipartisan group of secretaries of state and defense. i think all of that speaks to his favor, and, as i said, i was pleased to hear his responses on some of the questions i asked him about how he was going to implement things like the shaheen amendment that makes sure that women in the military who are victims of rape or incest can get access to reproductive health services, to abortion if they choose to do that. and he gave me very positive responses, even though he pointed out he's anti-choice. he said his policy would be to implement the laws that have been passed by this congress and to support the administration's policies, so i was pleased to hear
included an assault will being used defensively at all, or a high-capacity magazine. in fact, there were 14 such cases in your appendix. in nine of the cases, in nine of the cases, the assailants fled as soon as a shot was fired. in two of your cases, the possible criminals fled as soon as they saw a gun. as soon as they saw a woman with a gun, they fled. there were only five cases in which -- in which anything else happened involving a shot from them. i want to move on to the chief. and then i'll come back to you, gail. chief johnson, i want to ask you a question. you did not hear in that testimony today a single example of anyone in america, male or female, successfully defending themselves from some kind of attack or intrusion with an assault weapon or high capacity magazine. and the hearing was about that use of that kind of equipment specifically. and every single point we heard from gail, anybody else was about people using traditional firearms. and chief, using them successfully. they were all stories of people who proved they don't need these weapons. >> there was no evidence or no
all of it came from the government cutting back, mostly because of cuts in defense spending. if government spending simply had not changed, the economy wouldn't have shrank at all. there is a lesson here, austerity has been hurting obama's economy, for the last four years. government spending has gone down in ten of the last 12 quarters. under ronald reagan and george w. bush you will find this part of economic growth and spending is pretty much all growing under the two republicans. you can see it under the graph. under reagan, it added in his first term a bit more than 6/10th of a percentage point, under bush, about half a point. under obama, it has been negative. if obama is a socialist he is terrible at it. here is the interesting thing, if the economy is shrinking because the economy is shrink, we now added new jobs, almost 200,000 jobs in december. and we added more than 150,000 jobs in january. what is amazing about this, this period was fiscal cliff element, it was what everybody was saying the economy really needed was deficit reduction. and this is a period in whic
there with defense. how when we think about who we are as americans, it's because we are united and committed across our government to do whatever is required to fulfill the missions we have assumed as public officials and public servants. >> right up there with defense. that is one of the big ideas of the obama presidency, right? essentially, reorienting how america deals with the world away from the u.s. military and toward u.s. diplomacy. to upscale our soft power capacity as a country so we have more options beyond just the option of force. this president did a lot to advance that idea simply by putting somebody as high profile as hillary clinton in the job of america's head diplomat. but the overall goal of upscaling state, upscaling diplomacy and development so they are right up there with defense, like she said today, that is widely regarded as a goal that is not yet realized. secretary clinton alluded to that fact today when she said she now plans to become an advocate for that cause from the outside. it is, frankly, easy to imagine that as the core for her return to public life and politics
weapon in the hands of a young woman defending her babies in her home becomes a defense weapon. and the peace of mind that a woman has as she's facing three, four, five violent attackers, intruders in her home with her children screaming in the background, the peace of mind she has knowing that she has a scary looking gun gives her more courage when she's fighting hardened violent criminals. >> a judiciary committee says it hopes to send gun control legislation to the senate floor by late february. we'll hear more from mark kelly when he joins us live on morning joe. >>> to chicago, homicides outnumber days so far in 2013. a teenage girl shot down in a neighborhood playground is a symbol of unending violence in the city. she was shot and killed while hanging out with friends. pendleton had one week ago performed with a drill team that president obama's inauguration festivities in washington, d.c. the park where she was killed, just a mile north of president obama's home. chicago had 42 homicides so far in 2013 alone despite having strict gun laws on the books. >>> a day after h
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president obama's nominee for defense secretary. anonymous liberals. why would they be anonymous? [ siren ] i know what this is. do not be alarmed. this is a "rachel maddow show" bullpucky alert. remain calm. we have the situation under control. we've been training for this all year. stay tuned. this is a bullpucky alert code 3. stand by. we'll take care of this shortly. >>> november 26th, 2008. we began to hear news late that night about something going very wrong in one of the busiest parts of one of the busiest cities of the world, the city of mumbai. bombay in india was under attack. but at least at first it was hard to figure out what was going on. and once we figured out what was going on, it was hard to believe that it could be possible. there were explosions at a lot of different heavily populated places around the city -- a train station, a cafe, two hotels, a state bank of india building. there were multiple attackers at multiple sites simultaneously, killing people with machine guns and grenades. and it just kept going on and on and on. the gunman had stormed two hotels. they h
chuck hagel from becoming the next secretary of defense. who is behind these groups and what's really motivating them? good morning from washington. it's tuesday, january 29th, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. pac show for you, i promise. my first reads of the morning, nearly two years ago, president obama gave a speech in el paso calling for immigration reform, stronger board security and a path to citizenship. >> el paso, the question is whether those in congress who previously walked away in the name of enforcement are now ready to come back to the table and finish the work that we've started. >> well, now that a bipartisan group of senators have come back to the table, the president today will praise the principles this group of eight laid out calling for the country to get behind in senate plan. as white house senior advisor dan pfeiffer just tweeted, today, potus will applaud the bipartisan senate agreement consistent with his long-held view and lay out his vision for immigration reform. "the washington post" is the reporting the white house has develop the its
one of the most powerful witnesses. one of its own. >> he wants to be the secretary of defense, but first he will have to be the secretary of defense. get ready for fireworks on the hill. >> certainly no love lost in d.c., but as america's hottest dating ritual ruining relationships? >> for instance, today we are solving the mystery of the lindburgh baby. >> can hillary derail the biden express? final stop 2016, nothing can derail the cycle. >> there three major issues circulating in washington today. we have it covered for you cycle style. they are the gun debate with testimony before the senate from gabby giffords and wayne la pierre and immigration reform from the bipartisan plan and the president's speech in las vegas and the hagel nomination for defense secretary. the battle lines are being drawn being drawn with guns. word now that another plan is brewing in the senate. a comprehensive bill by tom coburn and chuck schumer on the left. the same one who joined general and marco rubio on immigration. watch your back there. to kickoff the coverage, we bring in nbc's kelly o'd
for defense secretary chuck hagel testified in his confirmation hearings on capitol hill. hagel was in the spotlight, but it was bush's war in iraq that was really on trial. conservativ conservative conservatives despise hegel, but they despise him because of the iraq war. they fear hegel because he's a warrior, a vietnam vet with two purple hearts who knows how war should be fought and should not be fought and how war should be the last resort. >> in my 12 years in the senate, my one guiding principle on every security decision i've made and every vote i cast was always this, simply this. is our policy worthy of our troops and their families and the sacrifices that we asked them to make. >>> i saw it from the bottom. i saw what happens. i saw the consequences and the suffering and the horror of war. >> hagel seen the suffering, the horror of war up close. president obama wants him to help lead our country out of war and into peace. and, today, conservatives attacked him for it. >> senator hagel's record is deeply troubling and out of the mainstream. >> you continue to hold, i b
and conservative priority, whether it's budget or defense or what have you, depends on being in power and being able to execute that. that's why republicans are attacking this. you've had republicans on capitol hill that have wanted to do this for a long time. they've had a problem with the base. now, with democrats in the group, these are democrats that care very deeply about the issues as well. whether it's bob menendez from new jersey or senator durbin. and for democrats the challenge is, are they willing to give up a very useful political bludgeon with which to hit republicans in order to get a deal done? because once both parties -- if both parties embrace this, it's a political tool that in some cases, in many cases, is off the table for democrats. >> sure. it shows a compromise. that does help the future of the republican party. but while we talk about that, let's talk about the future of the democratic party. as americans we might have already seen it last night on "60 minutes." take a look. >> i have to ask you, what's the date of expiration on this endorsement? >> oh, steve. no, no. >
of the american right poured over today in hearings on chuck hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense. hatred, pure and simple. from the mouths of john mccain and lindsey graham as they slashed away at war hero hagel. badgering the witness is too nice a description. the hawks swirled like buzzards sweeping down, pecking and pulling at the skin of a former colleague who dared to say this country's been too ready to enter wars the american people quickly wish we'd never gotten into. what's with this hatred now centered in the american sunbelt? what do we make of this poll that shows two out of three texas republicans now want our president impeached? why the cussedness, why the range war, why the hatred of anyone who dares to stand with obama? why can't politics be a matter of belief and honest disagreement, not hatred? why the sick little intramurals we saw today? we begin with senator jeanne shaheen of new hampshire. i want you to watch this back-and-forth between john mccain and the witness today, chuck hagel. let's take a look. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge w
. it was the first decline since 2009. it put the white house on the defensive after months of touting steady job growth. >> there's more work to do, and our economy is facing a major headwind which goes to your point, and that's republicans in congress. talk about letting the sequester kick in, as though that were an acceptable thing belies where republicans were on this issue not that long ago, and it makes clear, again, that this is political brinksmanship of the kind that results in one primary victim, and that's american taxpayers, the american middle class. >> okay. what do you think is going on there, joe? >> i think what's going on is that we have spent more money as a government over the past four years than we have in the history of the republic. added $6 trillion in debt. and we have just been on a keynesian spending spree, and the economy's contracting. the idea is, the federal government put some money in, and that's going to create larger job growth across america. it just hasn't happened. so the question is how long do we make this bet? >> robert reich writes about consumer confide
't he get the nod? hoping to become the next secretary of defense, former senator chuck hagel answers tough questions from the senate arms services committee. the white house is optimistic but not taking anything for granted and is preparing carefully. >>> this afternoon, the senate decides whether to raise the debt ceiling for the next four months. in the bill, an interesting provision that with holds member's pay if they fail to pass a budget by april 15th. >>> president obama's popularity is on the rise. a "washington post" poll found his favorability rating at 60%. that's a three-year high. 37% had an unfavorable view. >>> david visitor is dismissing a bipartisan proposal on immigration reform. and vitter went after florida senator marco rubio calling him amazingly naive to believe the plan would not amount to amnesty. >>> lamar alexander of tennessee talked to chuck todd on "the daily rundown" about gun control and video games. take a listen. >> i think video games is a bigger problem than guns because video games affect people. but the first amendment limits what we can do about
to become at the next u.s. defense secretary. the question was expected to be tough but he appeared uncomfortable, even unprepared. the most heated exchange of the day came from a former close friend, senator john mccain who grilled hagel on opposing the 2007 u.s. troop surge in iraq. >> wiere you correct or incorret when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? yes or no? >> my reference to -- >> are you going to answer the question, senator hagel? the question is, were you right or wrong. that's a pretty straight forward question. >> well, i -- >> i would like the answer whether you're right or wrong and then you're free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> well, let the record show you refuse to answer that question. please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why -- >> actually, i would like an answer, yes or no? >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. it's far more complicated than that. my answer is i'll defer that judgment to
on fiscal matters, strong on defense, but plays down their social issues. someone with charisma who can win the support of people on the other side of the 50 yard line. i'm talking about a ronald reagan for the 21st century. i know the party is unlikely to find such a candidate, male or female. but unless they do, they're stuck in second place nationally. they can't beat hillary clinton. that's for sure, not with the rogue elements they've got joining them in their huddle. not where the candidate only reads the words like romney did, well enough to get the nomination, but not well enough, did you notice, to actually be picked as a president. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being was. "the ed show" with ed schultz starts right now. >> good evening, americans, and welcome to "the ed show" from new york. some republicans in demographic denial are buckling to common sense on immigration reform. i don't trust 'em. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> this will be the year. >> the immigration overhaul is on. republicans look like they're cooperating, but can democrats trust them? >>
or duty or patriotism is unworthy of our founding ideals and those who died in their defense. >> we all watch our televisions and read our papers and go online and have our opinions of our politic officials, our leaders, even our pundits. but ultimately pop star michael jackson was right. he made a song i'm looking at the man in the mirror. the person, the citizen, the leader that you can most do something to correct to shape and mold is the one you look at in the mirror. is that person active? is that person pushing? is that person doing something to make it a better country? do that and we'll get where we need to go. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> the reckoning. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start with this, the reckoning. put up or shut up, d-day. in a shattering moment this afternoon, president obama threw down the gauntlet. he demanded congress pass a potent immigration reform bill, one that fixes the problem of decades, deals with the 12 million people here illegally, stops the illegal
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